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She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“This wire can cut through flesh and bone easily.”
There is a large canvas bag on the floor. It is tied with rope. Inside it, a living thing moves violently.
Before Audition descends into a maelstrom of hallucination and shocking violence, it moves along placidly as a domestic melodrama in the vein of Ozu or Sirk. The premise is skeevy, of course: Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), seven years a widower and living with his teenage son, is encouraged by both his son and his friend, Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimara), to venture back into the dating world. Yoshikawa—winner of the Mel Gibson gender relations award—suggests that Aoyama find his new bride by staging a fake casting audition for the lead role…
Hoop-Tober #1: September of Darkness, The bleeding edge
This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
An immaculately construed nightmare that isn't an easy watch and leaves viewers to form there own conclusions, this is a must see film for fans of the horror genre.
Ryo Ishibashi stars as Aoyama, a widower who has raised his son alone since his wife passed seven years ago. Although he is a good father he hasn't really moved on since his wife's death and it isn't until he's urged on by his son that Aoyame decides he would like to re-marry. Un-sure how to go about meeting women, he speaks to his friend Yoshikawa, a film producer who talks him into holding a fake audition/casting for a film so that he can whittle down potential partners before choosing one…
This film tells the story of a television producer, a young widower who decides to remarry at the request of his son and friend. Yet, the woman he finds (in a fake audition to a movie) is far from being what he expected. Audition is a sadistically unforgettable film where pain is the crucial key to happiness.
Knowing that this film was directed by the psycho turned filmmaker (Takashi Miike) was very heplful because, in a certain way, I knew what to expect, I knew that something weird would eventually happen in the course of the film. This is a very well built film that leaves you stuck to the screen from the beginning to the end, the plot is…
Men can't maintain without female support
Takashi Miike's "Audition" is a slow build up into a brutal, and unforgiving dénouement. It is hard to stomach and at times disturbed me more than "Cannibal Holocaust", but if you can handle it this film will leave you bewildered and stunned at its ominous and eerie deeper meaning. The plot generally looks harmless at the start, but after the innocent introduction "Audition" deviates into a full on horror/thriller.
I'm sure there's some sort of deeper meaning behind its repulsive final act, but I just didn't care.
One foot in the grave.
I watched this movie through the lens of the book it is based on, and obviously therefore, against my better judgement.
As the poster of this movie sadly reveals - this is not a rom-com.
Ok, wait, I can't do this without talking about the book first.
I read the book (Audition by Ryu Murakami) totally blind, by which I mean I didn't even know Ryu's gender, forget the genre of the books. I didn't know anything about, just that a BYOB member found it interesting enough to leave it on my google form. Anyway, I read the book, and was deeply drawn in from the first few pages. The slow, nuanced, emotional and deceptively action-free first half of the…
I had Audition previously ranked at 5 stars, but I watched it again recently, and I don't think that the ending justifies the hour and a half wait to get to it.
Me río yo de esas mujeres "liberadas" de Hollywood cuyo mayor dilema es casarse con el abogado o con el médico...
Carga explosiva contra el machismo estructural, reinvención de la vetusta y anquilosada figura del psicópata, deconstrucción de la estructura narrativa... C I N E en definitiva.
"You only realize who you are by going through pain and suffering. Only through suffering can you know the true shape of your heart."
I drank a liter of pomegranate juice in my house alone watching this movie while crying in basically every other scene.
I really need to fix my life.
The movie is very slow? Yes. Overrated? Very.
Give me a reason to continue to watch another Takashi Miike movie.
(Add this to the list of anti-marriage movies)
Worst Tinder date ever.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations
Movies that are slightly off.